..let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
I stopped the English Patient book after the first 10 … no 5 pages. I kept falling asleep. As a movie, it seemed well-done, years ago. I read a few Christian novels and moved back into the edit/slash/gnashing of teeth stage, the raw pain of slicing my favorite scenes, and trying to cut the word count down.
OK, you ready to hear what the count was? 104,000. I now have the MS at 96,000 (and change). The easiest and most difficult part is rewording, ridding unnecessary words. Today, I tossed “that.” I cut 318 “thats” to 37.
My goal is simple. Spread the Gospel in a fun, exciting, romantic and in a realistic way. Wow, if you read the Bible daily (which BTW you should), there are scenes of every evil under the sun. . . it’s a wondrous honest look at humanity including the many sighs of God. Then repentance. And backsliding.
I am praying for an agent or PH accepting Christian manuscripts for the genre. I am finding through others, the genre is stricter than the Bible. If the Word of God were to be sent to any of the Christian publishing houses now, I am certain it would be turned down for graphic violence, debauchery, incest, seduction, pride, breaking the law consistently, rape, prostitution, the downfall of kings, murder, and the lewdness of Ephraim, Benjamin, Sodom (the cities) etc. And that’s just the Old Testament. Wait ’til you get to the New Testament.
We are all the same. All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. YET GOD intervened. I am blessed every day because of Him.
While fiddling with How to Steal a Romance, I am now intermittently fiddling with Forget Me Not: Non Compos Mentis. This, too, is a Christian romance, but with much more police procedure. A few bullets. No explosions in this one. Did you like the lack of segway, there?
Well, I believe I will post something on my wix site for good measure. You are welcome there, and I’d be happy to hear from ya.
Also.. on LinkedIn under author Claire O’Sullivan
Hope to catch up to you and network 🙂
Have a happy Wednesday.